* Posts by Wellyboot

1710 posts • joined 24 Apr 2018

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: Virtue signalling

>>>taxes will approach 100%... The ultimate communist dream.<<<

There are no taxes in the communist ideal, everything belongs to the state, you are given what the state decides you need. You 'need' shelter with a little warmth, a change of overalls, and enough water & calorie intake to sustain the work you have been allotted.

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Re: Spec?

They'll market it as an 'anti-theft' feature.

Here's an idea: Verification for computer networks as well as chips and code

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Re: Does this suggestion APPLY TO THE INTERNET AS A WHOLE?

SDN requires low level protocols working end-to-end, at the lowest level these are near enough cast in stone because everything has to work together. All the routing protocols were created when bandwidth1, cpu & memory availability was low, expensive and mostly using dedicated circuits to allow QOS & security.

Now that streaming multiple hi-def video feeds using inline encryption on public circuits doesn't squeeze hardware capabilities SDN2 can easily build flexible networks on the fly by automating VPN and routing protocol connections without worrying too much about bringing anything down.

From a security standpoint, there are fewer points of entry for any network offset by the far worse level of compromise achieved should one be breached. Good CIOs these days should be expecting a breach and looking to achieve the shortest elapsed time possible from problem isolation to fix.

1 leased line with just POTS dialup, 2B1D-ISDN very nice, full T1/E1 utter luxury!

2Single vendor unless you really want to learn how many assumptions are being made by different systems (give it a decade or so).

Thatcher-era ICL mainframe fingered for failure to pay out over £1bn in UK pensions

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Initial testing was only looking for over payments

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Future events for diary.

The multi year, over running, massively over budget project to tie these decades old systems together.

As provided by one of the well known incompetent outsourcing crews.

Prediction - project will be announced in the next year for delivery in 2025 with the first cockup story arriving in 2024.

US Federal Aviation Administration issues draft assessment of SpaceX Super Heavy impact

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>>>that damn hippie Nixon<<<

History would have been a lot different if McCarthy had asked "Are you or have you ever been a hippy?"

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Returning much of America to an early 19thC. subsistance level as the massive reduction1 in spending cascades through the economy bankrupting many businesses followed by their banks2 that can't be bailed out because there's no government system in place to do it3.

What a gift for all the less democratic countries out there.

1 $Trillions

2 Then yet more businesses leading to more banks...

3 Unless a 90% cut in federal taxes wasn't also part of the plan and the remaining federal employees include all the current treasury dept.

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During the '60s spray can propellant was doing more damage than anything NASA tried.

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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Re: Follow the money

There are laws that cover every eventuality already, "Breach of the peace" would work here it covers almost any situation where harm could be inflicted.

There has been a long list of offences added recently, mostly to show something is 'being done' but tbh the ability to gain a fair conviction is more important than the specific name of the offence.

Thousands of internet-connected databases contain high or critical CVEs, says report by cloud security biz

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Re: Think of the databases

Just to be clear, are you using the term 'elites' as a description for the self aggrandizing power hungry numpties and hangers on that we get to choose between at election time or the self aggrandizing power hungry numpties and hangers on that run big tech?

You want us to make a change? We can do it, but it'll cost you...

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Re: Naive...

At Uni the lecturer* for database theory was talking about how he set the cost when pitching an ad-hoc (simple-ish) quote during a client meeting - Make an educated guess then if the IT director is present - multiply by 5, if a non-IT director is there - multiply by whatever is need to reach a healthy 5 figure number (1980's).

This is because they've tipped their hand as to how important they rate the issue.

*He was an IBM mainframe DB consultant in between lectures.

Fortnite banana can appear in court naked says judge in Epic vs Apple legal footnote

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Re: I assume there was no reference

A gentleman does not enquire about such things.

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Re: 'just a banana man,'

you can find out!


Council culture: Software test leads to absurd local planning SNAFU

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Wheatsheaf pub in Sittingbourne

If this an actual pub in Sittingbourne the owner has a short window to commence building on what could well be a good earner (many pubs are sadly marginal on profits these days).

edit - then again, it might have gained permission anyway.

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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Re: But ...

What's stopping the police simply asking* for the list of account contacts? FB already use in their algorithms, it'd be a lot quicker and more accurate than doing it themselves.

If you don't create the information in social media it can't be used against you when an unknown (to you) acquaintance of a friend of a friend is caught doing something naughty while you're not far away.

You can control only your contact list and every one of them has their own list that you can do zip about.

* with a warrant.

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Re: Not sure about that

In UK courts, 'proof beyond reasonable doubt' that the online account information came from was under the sole control of the accused would normally be enough to allow its use.

Once something is in print (FB post / tweet / whatever) the law doesn't differentiate very much and the poster has a high bar to cross in proving it's not indicative of their intent or actions.

Everyone is deemed to be competent*, being tricked into admissions or actions just adds stupidity to the charges.

*until proven otherwise

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Re: Hording vulns

Indeed, under that principle we should never lock our doors!

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Re: Cesspit of criminals, despots & the downright untrustworthy

There is a good argument to be made for 'proof of virtue' before* anyone can stand for public office,

however that would require legislation and I trust politicos as far as they obviously trust us.

* but as the maxim says, power corrupts.

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Re: Yes it is difficult

All but the last group in your list have had national security implications in the not too distant past and as such were/are monitored by the security services due to the very small minority intent on doing actual harm, everyone else in these groups carried on with no impact on their life. - example - being a Communist/Labour activist didn't stop Jack Straw qualifying as a barrister (or bringing in the the R.I.P. 2000 act while he was home secretary*)

On the other hand local councils performing intrusive investigations into members of the public for 'offences' that only carry a fine is overstepping any reasonable boundary and any investigations arising from councillors personal animosity towards anyone should result in plod taking a serous interest (too often it doesn't).

*Irony lost on so so many.

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

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Re: “The idea that these chatbots can be dangerous seems laughable,”

Yes, these could be the echo chamber that pushes someone needing help over the edge.

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Re: An AI company that can't work out how to use its own product?

I'd say It's a good idea employ real people to police how the users are interacting with their product, Common* sense can be used for the edge cases where automatic system fall flat and art graduates need jobs just like everyone else.

*Yes I know it's not that common.

Astronomers detect burps of interstellar cannibal from 480 million light years away

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Possibly a Nova bomb?

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested

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>>What'll happen<<?

The obvious - They would continue to follow Swiss law after talking to their lawyers.

British data watchdog brings cookies to G7 meeting – pop-up consent requests, not the delicious baked treats

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>>If this quote is accurate...<<

It's likely as accurate as any other wildly biased tabloid press output, they're just looking for attention and trying to wind up grauniad readers with foaming at the mouth headlines.

Facebook apologises after its AI system branded Black people as primates

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No "I" in this AI

>>>we have made improvements to our AI, we know it's not perfect<<<

Spectacular understatement of the day :)

Branson (in a) pickle: FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights after billionaire's space trip veered off course

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Yup, Beardy beating everyone else to 80km was the driver.

The massive hype about being first then selling off a big % of his shares does fit with beardys normal mode of operation.

Though TBF the climb out was only a bit outside the envelope resulting in being outside the controlled airspace at the top of the curve, basically waaay above any other civilian operational altitude.

FAA are playing hardball because since the 737-max self certification fiasco everything is by the book.

Volkswagen to stop making its best-selling product for Wolfsburg workers: VW-branded sausages

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Re: Alternatively...

Did anyone actually prove the veggie sausages were actually veggie or did they just take VWs word for it...

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The phrase works for me, said Chaplin impersonator was a veggie.

I'm quite happy for the veggie crew to opt out of any dietary option they feel like, just don't go around imposing it on others who have different views.

Today sausage, tomorrow the steak.

Taiwan and Arizona economic groups agree to bring more chip industry to desert state

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Re: Good luck.

>>>So whom wins<<<

Hard luck Arizona, it's the side with the most cash that always wins.

Facebook takes bold stance on privacy – of its ads: Independent transparency research blocked

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Re: I'm torn on this

>>>how do they get you to vote for <<<

FB doesn't care who/what you vote for, they just want to KNOW who/what/where your interests are. They really don't care about you or your politics in the slightest as long as you're online they can sell your eyes.

Any social fallout1 caused doesn't interest them either beyond it's ability to keep eyes on screen and extreme events attract more eyes.

The only thing that might worry FB is goverments imposing solid transparency & accountability rules onto them, but as they'll have so many politicos dirty secrets on file2 they're probably safe.

1Intolerance, abuse, threats, toppling statues, violence, storming the capital etc.

2J.E.Hoover or the Stasi could only dream.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: Keep an eye on the front gardens

Yes, I believe that the tunnels into Switzerland can be closed with extreme prejudice if desired by the locals.

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Re: Did I miss something?

In and out is easy... it's a working tank

But I suspect his basement opens via large garage doors to ground level at one side of his property to avoid regular building repairs.

Get ready to make processes fit the software when shifting to SAP's cloud, users told

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Least worse option


A) Spend vast amounts of cash & time tailoring the software to suite and hope it works.

B) Kneecapping the entire business with a wholesale procedural change and hoping it can continue to operate while everyone learns the new ropes.

At least with the first option a stop decision will usually result in no big discomfort to the daily grind* while stopping the second is stopping the business.

*something is in place and working

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Re: This is not news......just old news re-written in a "cloud" wrapper......

>>>How often do we need to hear the same good advice in a forty year time span??<<<

That'll be everytime a new mangler sticks their oar in.

Don't rush to adopt QUIC – it's a slog to make it faster than TCP

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Re: Patience, my dear

UDP has been around just as long.

Isn't QUIC just UDP with knobs on?

Chinese state media describes gaming as 'spiritual opium' that stunts education and destroys families

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Big Brother

I'll agree with your general point, I had a similar balanced upbringing.

There is of course the long hours spent at work by many parents in China when they can't exercise control over their teen sprogs and this will be shown as a helping hand from a caring leadership.

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A first gentle rebuke

Coming from a Goverment known to swing sledgehammers at perceived problems, nothing else is needed.

UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers

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Better dinner invites than the Libs or Labour?

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Re: Son of a billionnaire talks up watercooler networking

Yes, and it wasn't the watercooler he was hanging around to meet target daughter..

Amazon sets the date for televised return to Middle Earth: September 2022

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Nope.. Being immortal, it's mostly the same elves.

On the other hand there could be many more Dragons with a penchant for toasted elf..

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall

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Re: Indian Standards

Tea tasters need to use a repeatable method of brewing the test subject. What surprises me is that this standard wasn't created until 1980!

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it

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Re: Where are you going with that tape

Many tasks can only be performed as overtime ;)

Beancounters will only see the staff overtime being reasonably stable.

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Re: Eerily good

That's risking there being survivors and/or witnesses, besides, hands on with the cattle prod is far more satisfying.

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Doctorate in Divinity

I think he's soon to discover how accurate that thesis was...

The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

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Re: Hmm....

Not for residents living above the ground floor

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Re: Hmm....

Indeed, removing the silicon sliver and electrical connections from inside the plastic is even harder.

Ex-health secretary said 'vast majority' were 'onside' with GP data grab. Consumer champion Which? reckons 20 million don't even know what it is

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Re: I find it deeply worrying

They're not meant to..

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Just say you're from a mixed Martian/Magrathean heritage.

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Re: Cronyism

More corrupt? hard to say, they certainly seem more blatant.

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Re: Very important

Not very theoretical, given the range of near complete data sets that are out there* matching up to people in a postcode will result in a high success rate.

If NHS operated the DB as a service (like G & FB do with theirs) to charge by the query for a set of non geographical anonomised results thing could be a lot better for all of us and the NHS gains another income stream.

* all the existing DBs including phone tracking detailing out lives to the Nth degree - phone went to surgery/Pharmacy at (date/time) match with prescribed meds at (data/time)


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